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Recently, I have been having some problems with my hard drive.(I think) I often hear a click sound, then I can heard the plates in the hard drive start to spin up, after that, my computer would freeze for 4-5 seconds then everything back to normal, usually. However, sometimes, it repeats the click sound->sound of spinning plate->freeze process for 3-5 times, then I get a system reboot eventually. I would like to know if this is the hard drive's problem, and if there is any easy fix to it.
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abarneslouortho earned 300 total points
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could be a variety of things...

1. Virus maxing out memory and/or processor for a little bit of time- run a virus scan to make sure you're virus free

2. Adware/Spyware memory hogging-obviously, run a spyware/adware removal tool.  microsoft has a free effective one available from their website

3. Too many processes running at once-do a ctrl+alt+del and see under the processes tab what exactly is going on in your machine.  if you see something using a lot of cpu and you dont know what it is, that is most likely your problem.

Essentialy, I'm saying that if its not some program hogging your processor/memory, you most likely are experiencing the beginning of the death of your HD.  After trying the above three ideas, i would suggest making a full backup of your drive, and then buying a new hd.  They're getting cheaper and cheaper all the time.  a good 120 will run you about 60.
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I just start to get blue screen with some error message. But it goes away too fast before I could write it down. I have used SpyBot Search & Destroy, Norton Antivirus to search for spyware and virus, both turn out negative. The reboot only happens when I am running some heavy software application where a lot of reading and writing to to the page file is required.

I guess it is most likely that my hard drive is getting close to its end?
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This is the most probable solution... sorry
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